LOUISVLLE, Ga. --- Wins do not come easy this season for Barry Bostic and his Jefferson County teammates.
Just last week, the Warriors needed a second-half rally against Dublin to keep their perfect season alive. In Friday night's postseason opener, Jefferson County found itself in another dogfight with Tattnall County.
"One thing about it is we never give up," said Bostic, the Warriors' senior quarterback.
Bostic accounted for three touchdowns, including one late in the fourth quarter, to help the Warriors fend off the Battle Creek Warriors 33-14 in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.
Jefferson County ran the ball up and down the field to the tune of 382 total yards, but hurt itself with two turnovers and a turnover on downs in the red zone. Also, the defense dropped three potential interceptions.
Tattnall County (7-4), a No. 4 seed, refused to go away. Battle Creek Warriors quarterback Quaysean Davis scored the second of his two touchdowns with 6:43 remaining to pull his team within six.
Bostic, who lost a fumble in the red zone on Jefferson County's opening drive and later threw an interception, redeemed himself. The Georgia Tech commitment accounted for 322 total yards of offense. He went 19 for 25 passing for 234 yards, connecting with eight different receivers. He also led the Warriors with 88 yards on 13 carries.
For the first time all season, Bostic played the entire game at quarterback. Arnold said Tattnall County forced his hand by putting seven men close to the line.
"They forced us to throw the ball," he said. "He got back there and got the hot hand. I decided to leave him there the rest of the night."
With his team up six and facing fourth-and-9 from the Tattnall County 25 with less than four minutes remaining, Arnold listened to his players who wanted to go with a pass play over the middle. From the shotgun, Bostic found Stan Smith for a 10-yard gain and a first down.
On the next play, Bostic scampered around the right side for a 15-yard touchdown. Jefferson County led 26-14.
Jefferson County running back Dontavius Williams iced the game with his third touchdown, a 4-yard run with 1:41 remaining. Williams, who ran for a 56-yard score in the first half, also hauled in a touchdown reception from Bostic.
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JEFFERSON CO. 33, TATTNALL CO. 14
PLAY OF THE GAME: Late in the fourth quarter, Jefferson County quarterback B.J. Bostic connected with Stan Smith on a 10-yard pass play on fourth-and-9 at the Tattnall County 25. On the next play, Bostic scored on a 15-yard scamper to give the Warriors a 12-point lead.
WHY JEFFERSON COUNTY WON: Tattnall County had no answer for the Warriors' passing game, with Bostic throwing the ball to eight different receivers for 234 yards.
WHY TATTNALL COUNTY LOST: No running game. Tattnall County ran 36 times for just 89 yards.
STAR OF THE GAME: Bostic. The Georgia Tech commitment accounted for three touchdowns and 322 total yards.
NEXT: Thomasville will visit Jefferson County (11-0) Friday in the second round of the Class AA playoffs.